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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

Welcome to my site, my name is Jess Indaja. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after struggling with my weight throughout my teen years and adulthood. My doctor informed me about all of the dangers associated with my diet and exercise habits. I was encouraged to change the way I ate and moved in an effort to reverse my blood sugar problem. I made the changes, but still struggle with controlling my blood sugar. After going through this trying situation, I decided to make a site that may help others with problems associated with type 2 diabetes. I will discuss diagnostic procedures, treatments and medical research concerning this disease. I hope you visit often and learn all you can to control your type 2 diabetes or help others with this condition.

Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

Current Treatments for Colorectal Cancer

by Carla Hudson

It is estimated that well over 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, with colon cancer being one of the three most-diagnosed cancers in both men and women. This information is compounded by the estimated statistics suggesting that the occurrence of colon and rectal cancers in younger people between the ages of 20 to 34 will also increase by more than 90 percent within the next 15 years. 

While you should ensure that you participate in screenings to ensure early detection of the disease, it is also important to keep abreast of the new ways that are available for treating this disease. 

Fighting your own battles

One of the ways that colorectal cancers are being treated is through the use of immunotherapy. This method involves the use of three individual medical strategies referred to as checkpoint inhibitors, cancer vaccines, and adoptive cell therapy. Checkpoint inhibitors are a set of drugs, such as ipilimumab and pembrolizumab, that increase the immune responses of your body in fighting colorectal cancer. Patients should be clinically assessed approximately every three weeks to prevent the possibility of toxicity. 

Both cancer vaccines and adoptive cell therapy are designed to make the body's immune response more specific to cancer cells. Adoptive cell therapy uses a modified version of the patient's own immune cells. These methods are currently only available through clinical trials and are only available to patients who fit specific criteria. 

The long arm of the robot

There are new developments that could prove beneficial for colorectal surgeries through a method called the intracorporeal laparoscopic surgery. This surgery is done with the use of a laparoscope which is inserted into the abdominal cavity through small quarter-inch incisions. The surgeon is able to see what needs to be done with a wide line of vision and can remove the cancerous lymph nodes. It is estimated that the benefits of this developing science far outweighs the risks in that it will create less opportunities for blood loss, infections, pain, and scarring. 

At the moment, there are not many doctors who are fully trained in the use of robotics to remove the cancerous lymph nodes and polyps that are removed during an intracorporeal laparoscopic surgery. If you are currently in need of such a surgeon, it is recommended that you do a thorough search to find one, such as Pilipshen Colon and Rectal Surgical Services, who has sufficient experience in the field.